As coworking continues its global march, new spaces are springing up all over the world. It is a vehicle by which investors and government initiators are empowering startups and giving entrepreneurs the opportunity to come together in specific regions and flourish; often as part of a wider ‘incubator’ objective to push promising young businesses and talent onto the global business stage. In Pakistan, a new coworking space has opened in Lahore – one of the largest cities in the country – which is also an important business and technology hub. The following news article has been reprinted from Tech in Asia.
Pakistan’s premiere tech startup incubator opens coworking space for freelancers
February 3, 2014
By Paul Bischoff | techinasia.com
Plan9, the team that runs Pakistan’s premier tech startup incubator, has launched its first coworking space in Lahore dubbed TechHub. Operations officially begin today.
If you’ve heard the TechHub name before, that’s because Plan9 partnered with the UK-based TechHub Manchester to make the facility a reality.
The space is targeted at Pakistan’s 350,000 freelancers. Pakistan ranks in the top five most active countries on Freelancer and oDesk.
Currently, most Pakistani freelancers work from home. Plan9 says home offices for freelancers in Pakistan aren’t ideal because high-speed internet is expensive and power outages are frequent. The space also offers collaboration and networking opportunities with like-minded people.
TechHub has 144 spots available. Each freelancer has access to an in-house business development consultant, video conferencing rooms, uninterrupted power supply, high-speed internet, and a kitchen.
Coworking spaces are a fast-growing trend in Pakistan. According to ProPakistani. According to ProPakistani, plan9 marks the third co-working space to open in the past six months, following the arrival of DotZero in Karachi and BasecampPK in Peshawar.
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